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Kitchens Of Distinction

Kitchens of Distinction were one of the few dream pop bands that emphasized emotive songwriting as much as swirling guitar atmospherics. Formed in London, England in 1986 by singer and bassist Patrick Fitzgerald, guitarist Julian Swales, and drummer Daniel Goodwin, they named themselves after an advertisement that caught Swales' eye and debuted on their own Gold Rush label with "Last Gasp Death Shuffle" (1987). The song was awarded Single of the Week by NME, after which the band signed to One Little Indian. Two further singles, "Prize" and "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule," preceded the release of their first LP, Love Is Hell (1989). Despite critical acclaim for the album and the follow-up Elephantine EP, much of Kitchens of Distinction's early media attention revolved around Fitzgerald, openly gay at a time when such public candor was quite rare.

Though widely considered a cult band, Kitchens entered the U.K. Top 40 with their Hugh Jones-produced second album, Strange Free World (1991). Released on major label A&M in the U.S., it left impressions on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with the singles "Drive That Fast" and "Quick as Rainbows." The Death of Cool (1992), a wider-scoped set also produced by Jones, generated additional U.S. chart placements with "Smiling" and "4 Men." Following the self-produced Cowboys and Aliens (1994), Kitchens were left without a label but resurfaced on Fierce Panda as Kitchens O.D. with "Feel My Genie" (1996), heralded as Single of the Week by Melody Maker. Shortly thereafter, the band split. Fitzgerald continued to record under the names Fruit and Stephen Hero, and collaborated with Heidi Berry as Lost Girls. Swales made music for television and stage productions.

A few years after Kitchens were anthologized with Capsule: The Best of KOD 1988-94 (2003), they attempted to work together in Fitzgerald's studio but hit a dead end. Fitzgerald, Swales, and Goodwin eventually regrouped yet again and, during a two-year period, casually worked on material that led to Folly (2013), their fifth and final studio album. Kitchens' first four albums, along with their B-sides and radio sessions, were compiled and packaged as a box set, Watch Our Planet Circle (2017). ~ Andy Kellman & Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Folly

1. Oak Tree

2. Extravagance

3. Disappeared

4. Photographing Rain

5. Japan To Jupiter

6. Wolves / Crows

7. No Longer Elastic

8. I Wish It Would Snow

9. Tiny Moments Tiny Omens

10. The Most Beautiful Day

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Track List: Capsule - The Best Of KOD

Disc 1

1. The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule

3. Quick As Rainbows

5. Prize

7. Sand On Fire

17. Come On Now

19. When In Heaven

21. Now It's Time To Say Goodbye

23. On Tooting Broadway Station

25. Drive That Fast

27. Mad As Snow

29. Polaroids

31. Prince Of Mars

Disc 2

1. Prize- Demo

2. 4 Men (12" Version)

3. Innocent

4. Margaret's Injection

5. Mainly Mornings-Live

6. Shiver-Live

7. These Drinkers

8. Elephantiny

9. 3 To Beam Up

10. Goodbye Voyager

11. Skin

12. Airshafting

13. Glittery Dust

14. Sand On Fire (Original Mix)

15. Jesus Nevada

16. Hammer (Acoustic)

17. Mad As Snow (Acoustic)

18. Here Come The Swans (Acoustic)

19. What Happens Now? (Acoustic)

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Track List: The Death Of Cool

1. What Happens Now?

2. 4 Men

3. On Tooting Broadway Station

4. Breathing Fear

5. Gone World Gone

6. When In Heaven

7. Mad As Snow

8. Smiling

9. Blue Pedal

10. Can't Trust The Waves

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Track List: Strange Free World

1. Railwayed

2. Quick As Rainbows

4. He Holds Her, He Needs Her

5. Polaroids

6. Gorgeous Love

7. Aspray

8. Drive That Fast

9. Within The Daze Of Passion

10. Under The Sky, Inside The Sea

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never really knew what to think of them, so my only comment is: no comment
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411site
I saw them during their last US tour, circa 95 with less than 50 others. Great show. Bought the band beers and cigs after the show! Great fun. Great band.
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shashibains
They were my favorite band in college! Saw them live 3 times and they were amazing. I have met Dan a couple of times. A truly lovely person. So friendly and kind to fans. Miss them so.
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Julian Swales is a genius.
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They are the best!
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Your boring, these guys f**king rock and give it their all on every track
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They are really boring. Somebody slip these guys some Red Bull or something and wake them up
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humbertosuar e z j r
Folks if you didn't know , they reunited and put out an album in 2013 with all new material
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humbertosuar e z j r
Saw them 3 times in NY in 90's , they put on an amazing live show , and had the pleasure of meeting Patrick and spoke to him for about a minute , but he was sincere and polite , and cool for talking to me
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one of their best tracks: Drive That Fast from SFW. that song is what intro'd KOD to me, and i thought was going to be their breakout hit. that album is blissful.
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linbot1
I saw them way back in the day (maybe 1991-1992)in New Jersey and went out to breakfast with Patrick Fitzgerald after the show with a bunch of other people as we had friends in common. What a doll he was!
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Saw them here in Denver in 1992. There was a crowd of only about 200 people, but still one of the best shows I have ever seen. I feel lucky to have seen them at all. I hung on every note, and yes the "wall of sound" from just three guys was amazing. Swales was certainly at a different level, but they also worked as a band, For such a small crowd, they gave it their all. Only regret I didn't take a poster, they were all over the walls.
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buync
I love Kitchens of Distinction. Saw them years ago in San Francisco when they played a free show in Union Square. I wish Pandora would add their album "Love is Hell" to the selected discography section. It's my favorite!
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kaydaw24
My favorite radio station in NY, WLIR played these guys, I think I have a mixed tape somewhere... S o happy to get another chance. They are beautiful. Can't wait for my next roadtrip on the Blue Ridge parkway, blasting this the whole way...
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I saw them open for Suzanne Vega too!! Awesome band!!! I later saw them at a smaller venue and talked to Patrick. Super nice guy. I then found a bunch of their singles in a record store and opened them to find them all autographed. How cool :)
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OH wow This group was AMAZING. I was lucky enough to see them open for Suzanne Vega, many years ago. I cannot believe they had such a short career. They need to reform and kick the musical behinds of so many wanna be atmospheric, guitar type bands (M83, Asobi Sexu etc..cough cough)
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my favorite band of all time, above all others! Feeding my KOD addiction since 1993.
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KOD were a very underrated band. Guitarist Julian Swales was a genius. Too bad they broke up, but they remain one of my all time favorite bands.
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chrisangulo2
RADIOHEAD's Greenwood brothers have said KOD were criminally underrated and Johnny Greenwood has listed Swales as a major influence.
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chrisangulo2
I have been lucky enough to see KOD 3 times. The first was a show at Slim's in SF and it goes down as one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. The trio pushing that wall of sound with a psychedelic rotating rainbow behind them, Swales bouncing around like a electrified mountain goat "Swailing" on the guitar, and the crowd mesmerised that this was 3 people and not a thousand. I saw them open for Suzanne Vega and most there hadn't heard of them, I was shouting out songs during the breaks and w
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This is an outstandingl y good group and they are great intellectual s in providing the best in talent.

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